Thursday, 12 June 2014

A/Prof Allen Cheng Recipient of NHMRC Excellence award

Allen Cheng is Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology has been awarded an NHMRC excellence award for the top ranked career development fellowship clinical 2 application for 2013.
The aim of A/Prof Cheng’s career development fellowship is to prevent and treat significant infections in the community and in hospitals, focusing on influenza, hospital-acquired infections and use of antibiotics, and clinical infectious diseases.
A/Prof Cheng has published numerous articles in this area. Including a co-authored matched case-control study investigating trends in multidrug resistant (MDR) organism in community-onset bloodstream infections (COBSI).

The researchers observed a high rate of community-onset MRSA bacteraemia at 20%-30% throughout the 10 year study period. A nationwide surveillance of staphylococcal bacteraemia in Australia and New Zealand revealed that MRSA bacteraemia was no longer confined to hospitals and has become an issue in the community. The study also showed 26% of E. coli bloodstream infection presenting to emergency departments were MDR.

This study identified differences in risk factors for MDR Gram-negative bacilli and MRSA which will provide valuable evidence in assist with empiric antibiotic prescribing.

Read the full article here

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